Marigold Johnstone: Touching tribute after death of much-loved Sandy and Potton character who ‘knew everyone’

PUBLISHED: 13:57 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:20 20 August 2017

Much-loved Sandy character Marigold Johnstone, who has died at the age of 81. Picture: Margaret Johnstone

Much-loved Sandy character Marigold Johnstone, who has died at the age of 81. Picture: Margaret Johnstone


A touching tribute has been paid to a cherished character of Sandy and Potton who has died at the age of 81.

Marigold Johnstone, who enjoyed long walks and chatting with passers-by, was known by name to countless people around the two towns.

Sister-in-law Margaret told the Comet that Marigold had seemed to know everyone – whether she was at a supermarket, a garden centre or even Bedford Hospital.

Marigold, originally from Barnet in north London, was born in 1935 and moved to Potton with her mother Mabel and father Bill about 40 years ago.

Mentally disadvantaged from birth, she spent most of her time with them until her mother’s death in 2005.

She then found pleasure in taking long walks in and around Potton, chatting with all she met.

“She’d have a sit down where possible – the local pharmacy was a favourite – and was always smiling and chatting to people along the way,” said Margaret.

“They all knew her by name and invariably Marigold asked and remembered theirs.”

Needing more care, Marigold moved about a year later to a flat at Quince Court in Sandy’s Engayne Avenue – from where she continued her daily excursions.

“Each day she’d walk to the town, spreading her sunshine and smile with those she met,” said Margaret.

“After that, no matter where Marigold went with her family members or carers – be it a supermarket, garden centre or even Bedford Hospital – someone would say ‘Oh, hello Marigold’, and they’d pass the time of day. Marigold seemed to know everyone.

“In her final years, Marigold was very happy. She certainly had loads of fun with her friends and staff at Quince Court – whether it was flirting with ‘Elvis’, donning a cowboy hat for their country and western event or celebrating royal occasions. The staff joined in with full gusto!

“Of course, Marigold did a lot of bossing about, teasing her carers – but they simply couldn’t do enough for her.

“Marigold was full of love and will be much missed by us all.”

Sadly, Marigold died on August 5 at the age of 81.

Margaret said that all are welcome to celebrate her life at 11am on Wednesday, August 30, at the North Hertfordshire Memorial Park and Crematorium in Bedford Road, Hitchin, SG5 3RT.

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